Montpellier rule out Adebayor signing

Montpellier president Louis Nicollin has ruled out a move for Emmanuel Adebayor and said signing the Togolese international would be ‘daft’.

Head Coach Frederic Hantz had recently said he would be open to the idea of the former Monaco, Arsenal, Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur and Crystal Palace striker joining the club as he deals with an injury to Casimir Ninga.

The 23-year-old Ninga has been sidelined since October with knee ligament damage and isn't expected to return anytime soon.

Hantz told L'Equipe: "As Ninga is sidelined, it seems to me a good idea to bring in a good striker to improve our results.

"If it's Adebayor, I'll do my best to make him as good as possible. If it's someone else, I'll do the same thing."

The 32-year-old Adebayor has been clubless since leaving Palace in June and was touted with a move to Lyon, but any deal was put on hold as a result of his involvement in the Africa Cup of Nations.

Nicollin told RMC: "There was never any question that he would sign for us.

"Plus, he's going to play at the Africa Cup of Nations, so it'd be daft."